Escherichia coli K-12 substr. MG1655 Compound Class: coenzyme F420

Synonyms: cofactor F420

Superclasses: a cofactor a prosthetic group

One of the distinguishing features of methanogenic bacteria is their blue-green fluorescence when irradiated with UV light. This fluorescence is due to F420, a cofactor that was identified on the basis of this feature. This compound, named for its intense absorbance at 420 nm, was originally isolated by Cheeseman et al [Cheeseman72], and later identified by Eirich et al as the N-(N-L-lactyl-γ-L-glutamyl)-L-glutamic acid phosphodiester of 7,8-didemethyl-8-hydroxy-5-deazariboflavin 5'-phosphate [Eirich78].

The F420 biosynthetic pathway produces the intermediate F420-0, which contains no glutamate side chains. Glutamates are then added by several enzymes. F420 molecules isolated from different organisms differ in the number of the glutamate molecules in the side chains, as well as the nature of the bond (which could be either α or γ) [Li03a, Graupner03, Choi01a].

coenzyme F<sub>420</sub> compound structure

Child Classes: a reduced coenzyme F420 (0) , an oxidized coenzyme F420 (0)

SMILES: CC(C(=O)[R])OP([O-])(=O)OCC(O)C(O)C(O)CN3(C1(C(C(=O)NC(=O)N=1)=CC2(=CC=C(O)C=C23)))


Cheeseman72: Cheeseman P, Toms-Wood A, Wolfe RS (1972). "Isolation and properties of a fluorescent compound, factor 420 , from Methanobacterium strain M.o.H." J Bacteriol 112(1);527-31. PMID: 5079072

Choi01a: Choi KP, Bair TB, Bae YM, Daniels L (2001). "Use of transposon Tn5367 mutagenesis and a nitroimidazopyran-based selection system to demonstrate a requirement for fbiA and fbiB in coenzyme F(420) biosynthesis by Mycobacterium bovis BCG." J Bacteriol 183(24);7058-66. PMID: 11717263

Eirich78: Eirich LD, Vogels GD, Wolfe RS (1978). "Proposed structure for coenzyme F420 from Methanobacterium." Biochemistry 17(22);4583-93. PMID: 728375

Graupner03: Graupner M, White RH (2003). "Methanococcus jannaschii coenzyme F420 analogs contain a terminal alpha-linked glutamate." J Bacteriol 185(15);4662-5. PMID: 12867481

Li03a: Li H, Xu H, Graham DE, White RH (2003). "Glutathione synthetase homologs encode alpha-L-glutamate ligases for methanogenic coenzyme F420 and tetrahydrosarcinapterin biosyntheses." Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A 100(17);9785-90. PMID: 12909715

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